- A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Braves (Freddy Garcia
- R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi
- R), 12:40
Athletics (A.J. Griffin
- R) at Twins (Scott Diamond
- L), 1:10
Nationals (Tanner Roark
- R) at Mets (Aaron Harang
- R), 1:10
Yankees (David Huff
- L) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen
- L), 7:05
Cubs (Chris Rusin
- L) at Pirates (Jeff Locke
- L), 7:05
Padres (Tyson Ross
- R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay
- R), 7:05
Angels (Garrett Richards
- R) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ
- L), 7:07
Red Sox (Jake Peavy
- R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson
- R), 7:10
Indians (Corey Kluber
- R) at White Sox (John Danks
- L), 8:10
Brewers (Tyler Thornburg
- R) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly
- R), 8:15
Giants (Matt Cain
- R) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke
- R), 10:10
Day Game After Night Game:
ATL, MIA, OAK, MIN, WAS, NYM
, OF, TEX (Biceps) - Was available off the bench Tuesday following his removal from Monday's contest due to a strained right biceps.
, OF, SEA (Leg) - Not in the lineup Wednesday due to tightness in his legs, which spurred his early removal from Tuesday's outing.
, OF, PHI (Achilles) - Hit in a batting cage Tuesday, which he is doing each of the next two days.
, P, LAD (Groin) - Tested his ailing groin in a simulated mound session Wednesday.
, P, CLE (Personal) - Hopes to return to the Indians over the weekend, after sitting out Tuesday and Wednesday due to a personal reason.
, C, HOU (Knee) - Remained out of the lineup Wednesday for the seventh time in nine contests due to a knee concern.
, P, TEX (Leg) - In line to start as scheduled Saturday against the Athletics, after leaving Monday's game due to a right leg cramp.
, OF, MIL (Wrist) - Took swings in the batting cage Wednesday, after which he reported improvement in his wrist.
Jorge De La Rosa
, P, COL (Thumb) - Removed from Tuesday's nod versus the Giants as a precaution due to a sore left thumb, as well as tender index and middle fingers.
, OF, BOS (Foot) - Rejoining the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park, where the compression fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot will be evaluated by the team's orthopedist.
, 1B, TOR (Wrist) - Manager John Gibbons confirmed his day-to-day status but would not promise a return to the lineup this season.
, P, MIA (Back) - May miss Thursday's start against the Braves as a result of a tight back.
, SS, CWS (Hand) - Enduring a blister on his left hand that is forcing him to bat exclusively right-handed.
, OF, COL (Finger) - Slated to receive another opinion on his finger injury late this week.
, OF, HOU (Oblique) - Kept out of the lineup Wednesday for the eighth game in a row due to a right oblique strain.
, 3B, LAA (Thumb) - Swung a bat Wednesday for the first time since injuring his thumbs and shoulders Saturday.
, P, ATL (Elbow) - Scratched from his scheduled start Friday versus the Padres due to discomfort in his left elbow; an MRI on the region was returned negative.
, OF, BAL (Personal) - Hoped for a return to the lineup Wednesday but in fact did not do so, as his wife gave birth earlier in the day.
, OF, PIT (Hand) - Took the field Wednesday as a defensive replacement in left field but did not wear the oversized mitten that protected his right ring finger when he was used as a pinch runner.
, C, MIA (Thumb) - Out of the lineup Wednesday due to a bruised right thumb.
, C, STL (Personal) - Away from the team Wednesday due to a family matter.
, P, NYY (Triceps) - Has felt tightness in his triceps on other occasions aside from Tuesday's start, putting his next outing Sunday at Boston in question.
, P, BAL (Undisclosed) - May be dealing with an undetermined ailment, as he has pitched just two times since August 28.
, OF, OAK (Wrist) - Initially held out of the lineup Wednesday due to his healing right wrist but entered the game in the fourth inning, finishing the night 1-for-2 with a double.
, C, NYY (Concussion) - Diagnosed with a mild concussion and will fit in a few days of rest.
, 2B, NYM (Hamstring) - Sustained a minor strain of his right hamstring and will remain out for a couple days.
, P, LAA (Forearm) - Throwing a bullpen session Thursday, after playing catch Wednesday, and intends to start Saturday in Houston.
Players on the DL
, P, LAA (Shoulder) - Transferred his rehab assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake but still may not pitch again in the majors this season.
, P, CIN (Back) - Completed a 60-pitch simulated game Wednesday, from which he emerged without issues.
, P, WAS (Back) - Tossed a successful 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday.
, OF, LAD (Ankle) - Expected to run at the Dodgers' minor league complex in Arizona in a day or two.
, 3B, NYM (Hamstring) - Ran the bases Wednesday for the first time since straining his right hamstring on August 2.
- Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.
Placed on the DL
, SS, NYY
, P, LAD (Transferred to 60-day DL)
(from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
, P, LAD (Contract selected)
Designated for Assignment
, P, NYY
, SS, NYY (From SEA)
- The Cardinals have been able to achieve victory more often than not of late, despite the recent struggles of closer Edward Mujica
. Since August 21, a span in which the team strung together 12 wins in 19 games entering Wednesday's contest, he has yielded at least one run in four of seven outings. By tallying four saves in five chances during that run, his pitching line -- 7.50 ERA, 1.33 ERA, and 2:0 K:BB ratio in six frames -- belies the aforementioned achievement. No matter, due to a limited innings count, the bloated ERA does not impact fantasy lineups as much as failing to notch a save or an inability to strike out the opponent. Another aspect in Mujica's support: St. Louis' offensive firepower will more often than not provide just enough cushion for wobbles on the mound, with good fortune in high-leverage situations nonetheless a likely result.
, SS, HOU - Since his arrival in the big leagues on August 22, Villar has been a near-everyday presence at shortstop for the Astros, slashing a more-than-acceptable .276/.348/.379 with 17 steals in 23 attempts. However, he has supplied hits in nine of the past 11 contests -- not included Wednesday -- batting .317 (13-for-41) with his first major league homer, four RBI, 10 runs, and five stolen bases. The production approaches Hanley Ramirez
levels at the shortstop position, minus the power potential of course, and because Houston can boast one of the top offenses in the second half -- their 221 runs scored ranks 10th overall in MLB -- Villar does not appear close to slowing down as September drags on.
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